International Forum of Young Scholars on East European Jewry

The Forum is an ongoing summer program designed to promote the research, and advance the careers, of promising young scholars from Israel, Europe, the former Soviet Union and the United States. This highly selective gathering brings together 15-20 advanced doctoral students and recent Ph.D.s in each of its sessions. Its biennial meetings afford young scholars an opportunity for cross-fertilization with their peers and with a group of prominent senior scholars, including Israel Bartal (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Oleg Budnitskii (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Jonathan Dekel–Chen (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dan Diner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig), David Engel (New York University), Zvi Gitelman (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), and Gabriella Safran (Stanford University). Each session of the Forum features research presentations, professional-development workshops, research trips to Jewish historical sites as well as to local libraries and archives.


Our most recent session was hosted by the Department of History and Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, Boston University in July 2015. The Forum has benefitted enormously from sessions in a range of cities and prominent hosts. Our first session convened in 2004 at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, with subsequent sessions at:


  • The Vilnius Center for the Study of the Culture and History of East European Jews, July 2005.
  • The Institute of Jewish Studies at University College, London, July 2007.
  • The Jewish Studies Program at Central European University (Budapest), July 2009.
  • Ukrainian Catholic University and the Institute for Historical Research at Lviv National University, June 2011.
  • I.I. Mechnikov Odessa National University, July 2013

Our next session will be hosted during the summer of 2017 by the Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences and NYU Prague.


Call for Candidates for the Forum 2017 can be downloaded here.


Video: International Forum in Odessa, Summer 2013